America got it wrong tonight when one of the leading contenders was voted out on American Idol – and there was nothing the judges could do because they had already used their one save of the season.
Pia Toscano, who had never been in the bottom two and was considered to have one of the best voices in the competition, received the lowest number of votes this week, after switching to an uptempo song, singing Tina Turner‘s River Deep, Mountain High after weeks of performing ballads.
“I’m shocked. I’m angry. I don’t even know what to say,” Jennifer Lopez said after hearing the results.
Even the laid back Randy Jackson indicated his displeasure with the vote yelling, “No!” He later said, “I’m never upset on this show and I’m never really mad, but this makes me mad.”
And Steven Tyler, well, what Steven said is unprintable, but it was an expression of his displeasure.
For her part, the 22-year-old from Queens, NY held her head high and tried to reassure everyone she was, “OK.”
Joining Pia in the bottom two were Stefano Langone, who has already been in the bottom two several times and should have been the one to go, and another strong contender, Jacob Lusk.
Pia’s elimination is part of a pattern: With the exception of Casey Abrams, who was saved by the judges in what, to me, in hindsight seems to be a mistake, all five ousted Idols have been women.
American Idol returns next Wednesday night at 8 p.m. on FOX when the Top Eight perform.